This year, there will be two abstract submission rounds: one for MasterClass and Pre-Conference Workshops and one for Mini Workshops, Poster Sessions, TUFH Talks, and Panel Sessions. Abstract submissions for MasterClass and Pre-Conference Workshops will be accepted from August 23, 2017 – September 13, 2017. The second round of abstract submissions for the remaining formats will be accepted from October 27, 2017 – December 18, 2017.  


Abstracts will be reviewed by members of the ScientificCommittee. The following minimum criteria will be used:

  • Adherence to submission instructions
  • Relevance to the conference theme and goals
  • Potential for engaging participants in meaningful discussion
  • Clarity of writing

Upon review, members of the Committee will assign one of the following results:

  • Accepted
  • Accepted in another format
  • Rejected

NOTE: Identities of authors will be concealed from the reviewers during the review process. There will not be a re-review process this year.


For the first round, submitters will be informed of the status of abstracts by October 9, 2017.


Please be informed that all presenters must register and pay in full before the conference begins.